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0-3 MONTHS

Introduction to home

Let’s suppose you have just acquired your new puppy. The first thought that comes to many people mind is “What now?” Puppies behavior may have changed than in the shop/MEKC office. It is mainly due to the travel. The bounced and jounced in the car. Each puppy is different. Even at their tender age they are individuals. They need time to adapt. Their reactions may be either: anxious to investigate or crushed by the strangeness. Whatever the puppy’s reaction to this new scene there are two important DON’T’s:

  1. Don’t reach out quickly and make sudden grabs at him/her.
  2. Don’t permit the children to shriek over him/her in their delight.

Sudden movements, unaccustomed loud noises frighten puppies. Your role is to gain confidence. Talk to the new pup. S/he won’t understand a word at this point but he will understand a friendly tone of voice and there is nothing more successful in creating confidence. It’s wonderfully rewarding job to raise a puppy and not at all hard to do. You can learn it – step by step as the puppy grows.

Message to parents

Because so many puppies are purchased as children’s pets we are going to take time out to talk to parents. Some of them hesitate to add a dog to the household for fear it will injure the child. You need have no cause for fear. Without exception puppies are friendly creatures. Born with complete confidence in people, they cannot be anything but friendly unless their trust is destroyed by ignorance or neglect. Of course, in playing with a small child, a pup may topple the child over that is not the dog’s fault and the bumbling puppy is sorry immediately, It is the fault of parents who, without thinking about it, gave the dog to too young a child.

Actually, thee dog risks the greater harm. Quietly, he takes an unbelievable amount of pummeling, and he’d give his very e for the child if he could. In addition to the physical protection he gives the child, the dog provides constant companionship. Rainy days present dog is around. Letting the youngster think the dog is his problems for the only child in the house when the his the dog provides ewer problems dog is around. dog is the and his alone develops his sense of responsibility. In caring inferior with justice for the dog he learns how to treat an inferior with justice and humanity. Such wholesome friendship can teach him the who suffers proper attitude toward any member of society who suffers any member of society physical or other misfortune. Failure to grasp this lesson causes Some of the greatest evils of society.

The child must learn that when he the world is not his, to do with as he likes; only when he treats others with kindness and understanding can he really grow as a human being. Without a shadow of a doubt the dog plays a big part in the social education of youth.

The dog will not teach the child kindness unassisted-you give will have to help. By his patience the dog may even give even the child an exaggerated idea of his own powers and privileges for the dog is unbelievably long-suffering. The slightest growing is a real exception. Ordinarily the dog merely gets up and walks away. Sometimes children, and even grown-ups, tease a puppy because he is so “cute” when he gets angry and tries to bite with his baby teeth. This is a serious mistake. Besides the Cruelty of tormenting a pup, it is very likely to make him mean-tempered and snappish as he grows older. What about the dog’s service to grown-ups? It is as great as that given the child. Let us disregard for the moment the war dogs, herding dogs, farm and factory guard dogs and leaders of the blind. Thousands of these have paid, and are paying, many times over for any favors man has extended the dog. t us salute instead the millions of dogs in private homes where as pets and companions, by their response and love they make life happier and less lonely.

The Puppy’s Bed

Before the pup is brought home, consider the place where the pup is to stay. Young puppies need warmth and an even temperature. There are two reasons you should give your puppy a special place. At this age (0-3 months) puppies have very little control and when given the run of the house they can’t avoid soiling everywhere and anywhere. Also, a puppy is not only safer when s/he have a special place in the home but feeling of security in having a place of his own help them fit into his or her new life and it’s routine. Arrange a box or bed of their own, not over-large but wide enough so s/he can stretch out and long enough to hold a thin pillow or blanket at one end and a few layers of spread newspapers at the other.

The puppy may have been partially paper-broken when weaned. Whether s/he was or not, s/he was soon gets the notion what the paper is for because it is natural for him or her to leave his pillow when he is ready to eliminate. Always have a newspaper within easy reach. His/her bedding first of all should be washable. You might use a small discarded cotton blanket, fold it down to pillow size to fit the puppy. Or you can use a piece of blanket. Have two or three in hand so that you can wash it, and air it in the sun periodically. The bed or box itself may be as plain or as luxurious as you wish – the puppy will not care. Make the bed deep enough so the pup cannot climb out in the night and get lost in the dark. A cage or crate with a door that can be closed is not necessary but used, can be very useful for house training. When a puppy is kept in other room than you, do not shut that room’s door tightly at night; leave it open so you can know what is going on.

You may prefer to keep the puppy’s side in your bed room for few nights so that they will learn to sleep by themselves. If room becomes cold, throw a blanket or shawl over across the opening and specially warm their necks. So, after the comforting hug you’ve given your new puppy, place him/her in the box/bed. They have had enough excitement for a while. Too many introductions, too much attention at first appearance will only be confusing. If s/he whimpers, give him a snack, some warm milk or accustomed food.

Crying at night

You may be upset by the crying session of the first few nights. You feel very helpless. This is a perfectly natural occurrence-nearly all puppies cry when they sleep alone in a new home for the first time. They miss the warmth and companionship of their litter mates. Try to make up this lack by providing something warm for puppy to snuggle with ir up to. A rubber hot water will serve wrapped with flannel for the puppy to cuddle up to. Fill it about two-thirds full of slightly hotter than lukewarm water. The tick of clocks place near puppy’s bed may help to ease the lonely feeling of the pup.

Few visitors

Next morning the puppy will be up bright and early literally screeching for something to eat, Open the crate door or let him out of the box to scamper around the floor as you clean out the sleeping area and give him a change of blankets and newspapers. Now the problem is – nor you or the pup but the people that would want to meet your puppy. Aside from the possibility of diseases (from other people’s pets) young people are easily excited, upset and over tired by too many visitors. Until your pup has become used to his new home avoid attention from strangers; also do what you can to guard him from loud noise and confusion.

Feeding

You are faced with one hungry pup, and the suggestions below are made in line with the common sense approach to dog feeding there outlined. 

The person from whom you got the puppy may have spoken to you about feeding, or given you a feeding chart. In either case, continue the same diet for a week or so while the pup is getting used to the daily routine as a new member of the family. But remember that feeding charts, in some cases, may have been designed only for the weakling pup. Many new owners follow the “baby” diet long after only for food. a husky, growing pup is ready for more substantial food.

Although some puppies are weaned to baby cereal and cereal baby milk, the recommended method is to wean directly to a dry three commercial meal or burger-type dog food, starting at three the weeks of age, with the weaning process completed when the pups are 5-6 weeks old. In the latter case, you have no problem in changing the diet. If the pup has been on cereal and milk, he should be started on a regular dog food at about six weeks of age. However, on since any sudden change of food is very apt to cause an upset, introduce new foods gradually. Add the commercial food a little at a time to the cereal and milk, increasing the amount until the cereal food is replaced. The puppy’s food should be slightly warm, never too hot nor fed direct any from the refrigerator. 

If, by chance, your puppy arrives before you have prepared yourself with the regular food you are going to give him, it is safe to feed cooked or dry cereal, or toast mixed with slightly warm milk or meat broth or raw beef chopped in small bits. The growing pup requires even more food than a grown dog of the same breed but his stomach cannot hold that much in one feeding. So the puppy must be fed several times a day. At this age, four feedings are needed, morning, noon, early evening and shortly before bedtime. The period can fit the convenience of the house hold but they should always be about four hours apart. Changing feeding times prevents proper digestion and also upsets the routine that a pup likes and which makes raising him much easier for you.

In late evening offer milk and meal or, instead, a few biscuits. Occasionally a pup will turn up his nose at one feeding. If your puppy refuses a fourth feeding, skip it but be sure to increase the amount of food in the other feedings. The amount of food will differ according to the size of the breed. We have more than one hundred different breeds to consider, including a great many different sizes. Individuals, too, differ-even members of the same litter; some are pigs, others pickers. So no one cares to be too strict in the size of recommending amounts of food. Step on the scale with your puppy in your arm. By subtracting your own weight you can estimate the pup’s weight. Then use the feeding chart as a guide, remembering the amounts are approximate. As already stated, however, the individual puppy is the best measuring stick for the amount of food to be given in each feeding. As a rule, give as much as he will readily eat and use your own observation. You can soon tell it you are over-feeding just by looking at your pet.

The average young dog eats as if he were starving. Don’t believe him for a minute, he gobbles by nature. Up to now he has been eating side by side with his brothers and sisters, on he will acquire better so he eats fast. As time goes on he will acquire better manners. Occasionally, however, a puppy misses the competition of his litter mates and may not eat as readily without it. He may dawdle at first and need some coaxing, but in time will get used to eating alone. Your pup may clean up his dish in a few minutes.

Good! For the puppy who eats like an eager beaver and gains and and grows is what you want. If he eats half his food and appears satisfied, take the dish away and give him a little less at the next feeding time. Allow enough time for him to complete his meal-20 minutes or so. Fix a fresh dish full for each feeding. Furthermore, allowing the puppy to dawdle over eating will encourage picky” eating habits. If he skips one feeding do not worry or tempt him with tidbits. Remove the food and feed him again at the next scheduled time. But if he stops eating entirely and appears listless then make a quick visit to your veterinarian. You will soon learn the right amount of food to give your puppy to keep him satisfied and well filled out without becoming over-fat. Watch the little fellow’s stomach as he eats; if it is so enlarged that he sways and waddles when he gets through, then he may have had too much, Cut down on the next feeding. After he has finished eating let him run around outdoors or on his “paper” for a few minutes to relieve himself. Puppies always have a bladder or bowel movement soon after eating. Then put him in his cage, room or yard to rest.

Do not directly not handle him much, and don’t romp with him directly after eating. Increase the food amount gradually as the puppy grows. Because the young puppy’s food is very moist, water is not quite as necessary now as it will be later. Sometimes pup- grows, pies may actually over-drink water just before or after meals after meals and upset their stomachs.

Offer a drink regularly, then re- move the dish. When kept in a very warm room, or during it very hot weather, offer fresh water more often or keep it delight available. Unlike cats, dogs are fond of water; they delight keep often or more to dabble in it and strew it around; water must be available for puppies that are on dry self-feeding.

Feeding Dishes

The feeding dish will depend on the length of the puppy’s nose and the shape of his face. Flat-faced, short-nosed pups eat more easily from a shallow dish. Longer-nosed kinds kinds can reach into a deeper dish, while the long-eared youngsters may need a slant-sided dish to help keep ear-flaps and fringes from dipping into the dinner. However, when the puppy is just learning to eat, he may be started on a fairly flat dish; then after a week or two given the type of pan best for his ears and muzzle. Do not use enamelware which may chip. Stainless steel makes the best type of feeding dishes but oven-ware crockery or plastic are also serviceable.